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Its all happening...!

What a great month June has been; the sun has been shining, the wind has been blowing, and Bartley has had a full schedule:

The End of Series Regatta and working party was a great success and has improved the appearance of the club no end.

The Tuesday eveining sailing has grown from strength to strength with over 20 boats competing regularly.

Wednesday evening informal coaching has increased the participants confidence on the water as well as briefing them on different boat types in the dinghy park as possible next steps on their sailing journey. The programme was initially set for a one month trial and will now be continued through to the end of August due to its success.

K2O has a bumper year of new starters as well as progressing juniors from previous years through the RYA stages and some of the older members starting out on their Assistant Instructor qualification.

6 New members have joined us in June so if you see unfamiliar faces in the boat park please extend a warm welcome.

Bartley SUP continue their Wednesday Evening socials and full diary of paddle boarding, Rockley Watersports schedule is filling up over the holidays, and the Sea Scouts are out in force.

It is fantastic to see the water in use by so many different groups, and the social side taking off as folk enjoy a swift half in the sunshine after exploits on the water. Long may this continue.

So onto July - GOOD LUCK to all Bartley sailors taking part in the Supernova Nationals this weekend. We have high hopes individually and for a team prize so no pressure! Why not check the Supernova website and Facebook page to see how are team are getting on?

And finally, good luck to England in the Football on Saturday - those sailing may wish to negotiate race times around the coverage - I shall leave that up to you...!

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Power Boat Training - Message from Dave Jones

It is essential that we have as many members as possible who have the skill and experience to drive the club rescue boats safely.

It is a requirement placed on us that all safety boat drivers have Level 2 powerboat qualification. We are providing this training "in house", so that Bartley members can gain this qualification without the cost of a commercial course, or attending another centre.

We have spaces on the next course being run over the 29th July and 5th Aug 2018. The course costs £30 to cover club costs.

Courses planned later this year (see club calendar):

23&30 Sept,

21&28 Oct

To book your space, please contact me (Dave Jones) via or phone:  07887 406585

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Safety Cover - Important

In light of a few incidents on Tuesday evenings regarding safety cover the Sailing Committee would like to ensure that all are clear on requirements of those volunteering to cover safety on Tuesdays and Wednesdays where arangements are made by the participants.

Firstly that safety boats must have 2 crew and be on the water ready to rescue water users in trouble.

Secondly that safety boat crew must remain alert and scan the water for water users in trouble and be positioned where they can monitor all on the water.

Thirdly that the OOD is responsible for ensuring there are sufficient crewed safety boats on the water to cover the risk and taking the decision to sail. The risk increases with wind speed, quantity of boats, quantity of novice / junior sailors.

The Sailing Committee are seeking advice from the RYA as to specific ratio guidelines and will communicate when this has been confirmed. In the mean time - if in doubt put another safety boat out. It is better to have more cover than insufficient cover.

A second safety boat means 2 more people won't be sailing, however safety always takes priority, especially in watersports so please support the OOD if he / she requests an additional boat and crew on the day.

Thanks for your help in keeping us all safe on the water

Sailing Committee



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First Aid Course

RYA First Aid Course

Saturday 14th July 2018

Rockley Training Room

9am arrival for a prompt 9:30am start

Rockley Watersports are running a First Aid course at Bartley SC on Sunday 14th July 2018.

We would like to invite members who need to renew their First Aid certificate or those who would like to learn new skills to join us.

And because it’s our first course we have decided to offer members 50% off !!!

If you have not done a First Aid course before this is a very enjoyable and informative course, so have a go, you never know when a bit of First Aid knowledge might be of help.

The one day RYA First Aid course covers all the usual first aid subjects, provides a working knowledge of these from a boating perspective and is aimed at anyone who goes afloat.

It also fulfils the requirements for anybody wishing to gain or maintain professional qualifications which require holding a valid first aid certificate.

During the course you will be issued with the latest edition of the RYA First Aid manual and certificate.

To book your space please talk to Benn at Rockley (07398 564 615 or ) or join apply online at https://rockley.cinolla.com/bartley/courses/rya-first-aid-2

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Main Committee Update

The Main Committee met last night for their monthly meeting. The following were reviewed and appropriate action plans / lines of enquiry put in place:

1) Feedback from the AGM, acknowledgement of members views and the best way to tackle the issues raised.

2) Detailed review of Rockley contract and outstanding actions.

3) Review of financial situation and short term cost reduction and revenue increase opportunities to include sale of assets that are no longer used, practical, or required.

4) Review of medium term strategic options for the club to balance income and expenditure more successfully.

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Fleet Captains Lead the Way...

Bartley Fleet Captains John Ling (Laser) and Garry Butterfield (Supernova) are both leading the way for our club. John won the Hollowell Laser Open at the weekend to give him his second 1st place in the series lining him up nicely to defend his Midlands Traveller title this year. Gary pushed ahead with some strong performances recently in his Supernova to put him in the lead of the Noble Marine Supernova traveller series as the fleet prepare for the Nationals in a couple of weeks time.

Great to see Bartley Sailors on the top step of the podium!

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Wednesday Improvers

It was great to meet all the sailors taking advantage of the Wednesday evening coaching last night. I found the discussion as to how to integrate and meet the needs of our developing sailors very useful, thanks for providing your feedback.

I took away 2 points - firstly the desire to crew for an experienced helm to learn the boat dynamics one to one, and secondly a session on types of boat and the best way to progress from the training boats currently used. I will put this on the Sailing Committee agenda to get actioned.

I would be interested to hear any other requirements on the theme of what you want to get out of your sailing in the future - is it racing, cruising, social, RYA advanced levels, or Powerboat and Windsurf qualifications, or something else? If anything springs to mind let me know on and I will try to make it happen.

Thanks - and I hope you continue to enjoy the Wednesday evenings


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Commodores Bulletin

Dear members,

Here is a little update from your incoming Commodore which I am writing whilst in Greece carrying out an inspection for the RYA.

Thanks to all who came to AGM-  the committee was grateful for members input and has taken on board concerns about poor communication - we will keep you updated from time to time.

Great to see so many of you the other Tuesday evening to meet your new commodore and committee. Let's try and build up the social side of the club.

We have gained several new members recently which is good news- we all have a part to play in welcoming new members into the club and offering help and support to get them on the water. Wednesday evening training is going really well and hopefully will give novice sailors confidence- thanks Steve Ward and his helpers.

I hope members notice how tidy the boat park is looking after Saturday's working party- thank you Simon and everyone who came along to help.

Finally please remember that this is YOUR club- if you have concerns, queries etc please do talk directly with one of the committee after we have been sailing. It is much better to be proactive rather than grumble away behind the scenes. Bartley is a great club and with Rockley coming 'on board' the future is bright.

Hope to see as many of you as possible on the water this weekend. I will be out in my new (but very old) laser!


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Work, Sail, Relax...

Thanks to all who participated in the working party, Regatta, and prize giving on Saturday.

Congratulations to our Spring series Winners:

Gary 'O' cup - Debbie Degge

Asterix Cup and Vic Lewis Cup - Mike Gibson

Langdale Cup - Paul Fowell

Junior Shield - Harrison Allen

Novice Shield - Huw Davies

And to John Ling for winning a very closely contested Regatta on the day!

Some Photos ...

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Series Prizes are ready and waiting...

The prizes await their winners! Don't forget the Regatta and Prize giving this Saturday. Below is just a sample of the prizes that will be awarded on the day.

The day aims to bring something new to the club with the 'End of Series Regatta' whilst also recommencing our legacy with the resurection of the club trophies for the Series winners.

From the Spring series onwards the following trophies will be awarded:

The Gary 'O' Trophy for Saturday Handicap 1

The Asterix Cup for the Saturday Pursuit

The Vic Lewis Cup for The Saturday Handicap 2

The Langdale Cup for The Sunday Fun Series

These trophies can be kept by the winners for 3 months before handing them on to the next series winner, or can be left at the club where we will find a suitable place to display them.

There is also a Junior shield and Novice Shield (and when I get around to it we shall introduce more trophies to recognise improvement, sportsmanship, endevour and the like from the Summer Series onwards) and plenty of consumables!

Hope to see you on Saturday.


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